The fourth annual Community Annual Race for Education (CARE) 5K fun run/walk benefiting four Del Rey elementary schools will be held as part of the Del Rey Day celebration at Glen Alla Park Sunday, Nov. 7.

Hundreds of children, parents and community members are expected to participate in the run/walk event, which will raise money for Braddock Drive, Playa del Rey, Short Avenue and Stoner Avenue elementary schools.

The event will kick off at 8 a.m. with the 5 kilometer run, followed by a fun 1 kilometer run for younger children at 9:30 a.m. The flat, fast race course starts and ends at the park, 4601 Alla Road, Del Rey.

There will be trophies for the fastest runners in each age category. Runners can sign in for their race bibs beginning at 7 a.m.

Event organizers say monies raised are expected to assist with the purchase of necessary classroom supplies, supplementing diminished programs such as physical education, art and music, and providing extra-curricular activities such as field trips and after-school programs.

In 2009, CARE had nearly 400 participants and was attended by a wide variety of both community and outside residents. Parents, community members and student volunteers assisted with course marking, registration, booth construction/ breakdown and prize disbursement.

“One of my favorite mornings every year is the morning of the CARE 5K race, when I am out at the park helping parents, teachers and children from four schools set up for the race, and then watching the whole group take off at the sound of the starter gun,” said Christine Ferreira, Stoner Avenue Elementary School assistant principal. “It’s so wonderful to see people work together and run together for the benefit of our schools.”

The Del Rey Neighborhood Council is the event’s largest sponsor and has supported the CARE 5K every year.

“The DRNC supported the CARE 5K because the organizers sincerely want to bring all four traditional public schools in Del Rey together in conversation and fellowship,” neighborhood council President Eric DeSobe stated.

“Without the race, the schools often don’t communicate or interact with each other. The event ensures they do. Moreover, the run is a fundraiser that emphasizes health and fitness, not candy, magazines, or toys. Who wouldn’t want to support that?”

Registration for the run is $25 and runners will all receive a CARE 5K T-shirt and goody bag.

Information on the event and online registration is available at: www.care5k.org.

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